At the organizers meeting we talked about how hikes are rated. When Mike and I first started this group we put up a hike rating and have not done it since then so it is time to re-post this hike rating. I simplified it from where Mike did it as there is a formula that includes distance, evaluation gain and what type of shape a person is in. So the easy version is as follows:
Easy – 3-4 miles; no more than 300 feet elevation gain ======== green
Moderate(yellow does not type well) 4-6 miles; elevation gain 300-800 feet. (YELLOW)
Difficult 6-10 miles; elevation gain of 1000 ft-2000 ft
Strenuous 10-14 miles; elevation gain of 2000 ft to 3,000 ft
Very Strenuous 15 miles+ ; elevation gain of 3,000 ft+ (black)
This is just a base and will not be accurate for all hikes as many hikes will meet one criteria for distance and another for elevation gain. Also, if we have not hiked this trail previously, we rate the hike based on what the guidebook states. A lot of times the trail has changed or we have to go around deadfalls or land-slides etc so ratings can only be an estimation of a trail’s difficulty.